August 29, 2013
Sprint Introduces 100 Gigabit Ethernet Services as it Brings its Network Vision Strategy Further into Sight
By Michael Mayday
TMCnet Contributing Writer
Sprint (News - Alert) made a significant expansion to its high-speed and heavy bandwidth services with Sprint Ethernet Wave. The service, currently available in 88 U.S. Markets, offers always-connectivity capable of delivering 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GigE), 40 GigE, and 100 GigE connections with the flexibility and scalability needed by businesses across the country.
The service includes support for storage networks, data center connectivity, various cloud services, record archiving, database replication, and transmitting massive files like medical images and financial data.
"While Carrier Ethernet is becoming a ubiquitous service provided locally and globally, Sprint's Ethernet Wave Service offers businesses the flexibility, higher speeds and scalability needed for emerging applications," Mike Sapien, principal analyst with Ovum (News - Alert) Research, said in a prepared statement. "It is just as important that these services are backed by service level agreements that will deliver end-to-end performance requirements with the high-speed, high-bandwidth transport service. Sprint already has a strong market reputation in service management from our survey data, and the addition of new Ethernet transport options and additional coverage will complement their solutions portfolio."
But Sprint doesn't seem content with providing only 100GigE connections, and is testing 400 gigabits per-second (Gbps) connections over parts of its network. That's largely in thanks to Ciena's 6500 Packet Optical Platform, which helps Sprint to scale speeds to the demand of customers, allowing for existing infrastructure to reach a snappy 100 Gbps with the ability for faster connections in the future.
Sprint possesses one of the longest 100 Gbps circuits in the U.S., circuits which can support transmissions for 1,304 miles without needing signal regeneration. It's a feature which fits in nicely with Sprint's Network Vision — a strategy which aims to boost network coverage and speed by bringing multiple network technologies into a single network.
Sprint Ethernet Wave is available to only a few markets, but the company said it will continue to expand the service in 2014.
Edited by Ryan Sartor
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